Sunday, November 11, 2012

How to Live Healthier as a Veteran

Happy Veterans Day! Today we honor all those who served and sacrificed so much for our country and for each one of us. We hope all veterans can feel of our appreciation. Don't forget to join us today at 11 a.m. for the Veterans Parade and 12:15 p.m. for the Veterans Day program at City Hall. Here are some tips for veterans (and all of us) on how to live a healthier life:

By Emily Walsh

Being a healthy and happy veteran is more than just going to the local VA once or twice a year.  There are so many things you can do as a veteran to improve your health and your life in general.  By doing these things, you will notice that psychological issues become less pronounced and you feel better about yourself, despite the fact that you may have a military-related condition.  There are quite a few different things you can do to improve your health, whether you are dealing with PTSD or were recently diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.

The very first thing you can try is to begin including dieting and exercising into your daily regimen.  Diet and exercise are great for improving overall health and for releasing endorphins that cause you to feel good.  Many people who are dealing with depression find that regular exercise helps to ease their symptoms.  It is up to you on what type of exercise you will want to try.  Many veterans are finding it beneficial to join local gyms so that they can mingle with other people.  You might find it even more beneficial to begin taking regular walks or jogs in the local park.

When it comes to healthier eating, it is so important that you speak with your doctor before making major changes to your diet.  You want to make sure that you are taking a healthier approach to life as opposed to following a diet that causes you to feel bad or miserable.  Eating healthier can mean something as simple as switching out sugary afternoon snacks with fruits and vegetables.  There are so many things you can do to add healthier foods to your day without even making much notice of the change.

Most veterans should also consider joining support groups to receive the help that they need.  Support groups allow you to talk with other veterans who might be dealing with similar issues as you.  You might find that many of the veterans in the group have PTSD or that some of them have physical ailments that were caused by their time serving in the military.  You will find many of these support groups in your local area, but you might also want to consider the benefits of joining one of these groups online.  Joining a veteran support group online will enable you to speak with other veterans without having to leave your home.

Many veterans have a difficult time knowing how to life a healthy and productive life.  Many of them simply take medications that their doctors have given to them and don't do anything else concerning their health and well-being.  It is amazing what a regular exercise and diet program can do for you when coupled with joining a support group online.  You will find that it is easier for you to live with your condition no matter what it happens to be once you get the support that you crave on a more regular basis in your life.

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